International Numeracy Conference
Dec 3, 2012
Communication officer of the Center for International Cooperation in Education Development (CICED) and expert of “the Institute of content and learning methods” of the Russian academy of education participated in the “International Numeracy Conference” that was held in Berlin, Germany on the 3rd and 4th of December, 2012.
The 2-day conference was the first event of an initiative by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to jointly develop the topic of numeracy education at early grades that has remained an important yet widely ignored facet of the international “Education for All” agenda.
Besides the agenda setting the conference aimed at the formation of a “Community of Practice” – a network of experts and practitioners involved in early grade numeracy education worldwide. One of the conference goals was the development of applied concepts and approaches concerning early grade numeracy education by drawing on the different backgrounds of the participating experts and practitioners. The international conference had a special focus on “Early Grade Development and Numeracy”, “Assessment of Learning outcomes” and “Numeracy and Mobile Learning”.
In addition to engaging in plenary discussions and a stellar list of plenum sessions, CICED took part in “Learning Outcomes Assessment and Numeracy” working group, which provided an excellent platform for the exploration and development of specific aspects of the conference numeracy topic. CICED also joined a “Community of Practice on Numeracy” – a network of experts and practitioners involved in early grade numeracy education worldwide.
The participation in the “International Numeracy Conference” allowed bringing together and synergizing inputs by international experts and academics, bi- and multilateral donors and implementing agencies, representatives of educational ministers, non-governmental and civil-society organizations and the private sector.
The conference was just the starting point of multiple efforts to be launched in the direction of numeracy promotion in pre-school and the early grades. CICED hopes to continue working on this path to explore and progress a rising topic on the international education agenda.
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